Update – Echos of the Dead Delayed on EU Servers

Codemasters announced this morning :

“Due to last minute technical reasons, the release of Update 2: Echoes of the Dead has been delayed momentarily whilst a fix is applied. We will announce a new launch date shortly. Tuesday’s maintenance window will be postponed until later this week.”
We were due to get this update today but it sounds like we won’t have to wait long. Our guess is that the Update will go live on Thursday, keeping the usual schedule of maintainance.
It’s a pretty big update, with instances, skirmishes, overhaul of Evendim, updates to legendary weapons and relics, a new raid, solofication of Book Two, and a new Epic book with the Rangers in Enedwaith. Personally, I’d rather wait a few days and have all the bugs and issues resolved, rather than get it now and encounter problems. The delay seems to be centered around the new Relic system on Legendaries. I remember when the last update went live with the changes to the Vault, and someone lost a stack of Mithril Flakes…….like I said, I’d rather wait!
The following synopsis of the Update has been taken from the EU Lotro Community
The Epic Story 

The Rangers of the Grey Company have uncovered a mystery in the depths of Enedwaith, one that threatens the secrecy of their quest. At the heart of it is the enigmatic dwarf Nár and his surprising knowledge of their road and their duty to Aragorn. Unraveling this mystery will take you into battle against a darkness whose root lies in the Second Age of Middle-earth…

4 New Instances

The Town of Stoneheight: The shadow erupts in the town of Stoneheight on the North Downs, where Ivar the Gaunt-lord spreads destruction as he searches for his helm of power.
Northcotton Farm: Thadúr the Ravager has brought festering venom into the heart of the Shire and seeks to spread his poison to every Hobbit hole and hall.
The Lost Temple: In a forgotten temple of ancient Arnor, Ferndúr the Virulent seeks to unleash plague and terror upon Middle-earth.
The Glacier Fortress: Drugoth, master of death and fear, is assembling an army of walking dead atop an icebound fortress deep in the heart of Forochel.

New Raid – Ost Dunhoth

Gortheron, greatest of the Gaunt-lords, summons the power of death itself in the cursed ziggurat of Ost Dunhoth. In a new 12-person Raid, you must bring the battle to this deadly servant of Sauron and stop him before he raises his underlings to new powers and completes his dominion.

Legendary Items – Better than Ever

Customize your Legendary Items like never before. Preserve your treasured legacies during reforge and bring them to the next chapter of the battle. The all new Relic system allows you to refine extra relics into Shards. Meld Shards into powerful unique relics, scrolls and unidentified Legendary Items.

Additional Features

New Skirmishes: Three new Skirmishes erupt from the depths of Moria. Beyond the barriers of the 21st Hall, in the nighted gulf of the Deepway, and along the Way of the Smiths, defend the brave dwarves of the Iron Garrison from the hordes of Mazog. These Skirmishes are waiting for you to test your mettle and hone your skills whenever the call of battle sounds.
Monster Play Update: With improved Monster Play, being evil has never felt so good. A tutorial and more starting skills get you ready to take on the world. Jump right in and fight on the side of the enemy!
Volume 2 Epic Story Solo Play: Now you can go it alone through the depths of Moria and the shadows of Angmar. The Volume 2 epic story is revamped for solo play and ready for a hero.
Evendim Overhaul: Return to the hills of Evendim, where you helped reforge the Blade that was Broken, and reclaim the land from the forces of the Shadow. Over a hundred new quests have been added and new quest rewards have been updated to allow for better solo play and better quality gear.

As far as I can tell, the four new instances are end game instances, but you must have found the five Mysterious relics which have sprung up in Middle Earth in order to access them. You can do this at any level, I stumbled across a relic in the North Downs and was able to access it on a level 21.

Ganin at the Relic in the North Downs

There are five relics to find spread across the map – they are in Oatbarton, North Downs, Trollshaws, Forochel and Thrors Coombe in Enedwaith. Once you find them all you need to speak to Barliman in the Prancing Pony in Bree, and then you get the title “The Calm before the Storm.” The LoTRO Lorebook has a great entry on all things concerning these relics, including map co-ordinates for them and the locations of the new Instances. It may be worth having a look at this and going exploring with any characters you may want to play the instance with, so it’s all in place for when we get the update on the EU servers.
Check out Casual Stroll to Mordor to have a look at what the update is all about, as it is live on the US Servers.
Happy Waiting!



Posted on March 22, 2011, in Game Ideas and Suggestions, Games Guides and Advice. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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